STUDENTS & RECENT GRADUATES
At Genuine Parts Company, we know that our future will be determined by the leaders we’re helping to develop today. That’s why GPC, and our family of companies, are fully committed to providing all of the tools, time and training our people need to reach their full potential.
A great example of GPC’s dedication to future leadership development are the programs and resources we offer to students and recent graduates, which include:
- Short-term, part-time and internship opportunities for active students
- Diverse entry-level opportunities enterprise-wide
- Management trainee opportunities in corporate, store or business development roles
- Tuition reimbursement for qualifying education expenses
- Career development resources such as Succession Planning and our Learning Management System
GPC and our member companies also work hard to maintain strong partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide. We also participate in college events as often as possible.
We’ve created several training programs designed to equip our future managers with the skills needed to succeed and achieve their long-term career goals. These programs take hard work and commitment, but for leaders with real drive and determination, they are an exceptional way to get a foot in the door at the managerial level. Specific programs we offer include:
Associate District Manager Training (ADM)
Executive Management Training programs (EMT)
The APG Executive Management Trainee program is designed to offer high potential future leaders the opportunity to gain exposure to all areas of the Automotive Parts Group [NAPA] business. This 18-month program launches in classes of 10 – 12 trainees, two times a year, and is split into 3 phases:
Phase I – The NAPA Store
Participants focus on learning vital aspects of service and operations in our NAPA retail stores, including:
- Store Management
- Inventory Management
- Wholesale and Retail Sales
- Managing People
- Receiving and Stocking
- Customer Service
- Financial Management
Phase II – The NAPA Distribution Center and Sales Function
Participants focus on understanding the roles and goals of our Distribution and Sales operations. Topics include:
- Stockroom Management
- Procurement/Supply Chain
- General Operations
- Human Resources
- Customer Management
- General Management
Phase III – Capstone Project
Participants have the unique opportunity to use the skills and competencies learned during Phases I & II to deliver a business solution designed to help drive the company’s future growth.
While the program is largely designed to be self-managed, trainees are assigned a coach at their location (typically the Operations Manager), who is responsible for partnering with them throughout the program. The coach and trainee are given a comprehensive list of business processes, experiences and training that the trainee must participate in over the course of the program.
Trainees and coaches will plan monthly to ensure that the trainee is on task to complete the checklist. Oftentimes trainees are pulled into projects and special assignments that inevitably boost their learning.
Trainees begin their program in a 2-day session at Headquarters and will return there once during the program for a full week of Leadership and Headquarters functions training. Graduates from the program typically move into a frontline management role in Operations, Sales or the District.
The ideal EMT candidate is a recent college graduate with a genuine interest in business management, and preferably 1 – 2 years of work experience in a related field.
See Whitney’s story and learn what it’s like in a Management Training program.
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